GUWAHATI, March 21: The Indian Railways has issued guidelines to all the zonal railways and production units to prevent incidents of crime against women in trains and in railway premises.
The Indian Railways classified the action plans as short term and long term and directed respective authorities to implement those immediately from the existing resources on priority without any delay.
Accordingly, the Railways have asked duty officers and staff to keep watch on suspects, including regular visit to vulnerable spots by duty officers & staff during their rounds.
The long term plan included improvement of basis infrastructure, CCTV, light masts, etc. which if incurring reasonable time, should be chased with concerned authorities on regular basis and till such time it was completed.
Moreover the railways stated that focus should be kept on temporary minor works that can be effective in improving the situation, which may be worked out and got implemented with bare minimum expenditure or with available resources.
“Proper lighting arrangements should be ensured covering all vulnerable places identified in railway stations, circulating area, parking, FOBs, approach roads, ends of platforms, Yards, Washing lines, DEMU / EMU Car sheds, saloon sidings, maintenance depots, etc.
Abandoned structures in platforms/yards, abandoned quarters, buildings at isolated places which remain unguarded/ unattended should be demolished immediately in consultation with engineering department. Till such time that they are demolished, they should be regularly checked as part of the beat of on duty staff especially during night time or period when the presence of people is minimal,” a release stated.
Twenty three (23) million passengers travel through the Indian Railways everyday out of which 20% i.e. about 4.6 million are women.